"Troubleman" as written by and Matthew Compton Asa Taccone....
She was young once,
Girl of the bohemian kind.
In the cold, bright dawn,
We watched her grow.

Wisdom began,
Season when the river was high.
On the gray stone long,
I walked alone.

Me and my heart,
Following the shadow she made.
Like a dull sky day,
I chased the sun.

Back at the start,
I was still in love with the way.
It's a long way,
From what's become.

She's got it bad for me,
She's got it bad for me,
The only game she played,
Now, turn the other way.

She's got it bad for me,
She's got it bad for me,
The only game she played, she played.

Newly grown up,
Folded up the color he wore.
See the all new girl,
Rehearsed and well.

Filling my cup,
Playing at the edge of the shore.
See the way she moves,
I broke the spell.

She's got it bad for me,
She's got it bad for me,
The only game she played,
Now, turn the other way.

She's got it bad for me,
She's got it bad for me,
The only game she played, she played.

Oh, no.
Try to fix it for you, break it then it's gone.
Oh, no.
I go home, I go home.

She's got it bad for me,
She's got it bad for me,
The only game she played,
Now, turn the other way.

She's got it bad for me,
She's got it bad for me,
The only game she played, she played.

Troubleman,
You wished it all away.
Gun in hand,
You found a path today.
And I know, nothing about.

Troubleman,
Your faith was long ago.
Foreign land,
The sea was made of stone.
And I know, nothing about.

He's gotten bad for me,
He's gotten bad for me,
The only game he played,
Now, turn the other way.

He's gotten bad for me,
He's gotten bad for me,
The only game he played, he played.

Troubleman,
We used to shake a bed.
Ship unmanned,
The rain was just ahead.
And I know, nothing about.

What troubleman,
Is just the empty name.

Oh, no.
Try to fix it for you, break it then it's gone.
Oh, no.
You go home, we go home.


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    General CommentThis song is gorgeous.
    lisimoomooon February 12, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think this song is about accidentally ruining a relationship by over thinking it and creating problems where they don't exist.

    The "troubleman" is reflecting back on how he had a perfectly good girl and a perfectly great love, but he was constantly worried about "what if" scenarios that weren't real which lead to the loss of love.

    Evidence:

    1: "she's got it bad for me, she's got it bad for me, the only game she played, now turned the other way"

    Although the girl genuinely loved him, the Troubleman always assumed she was playing games with him or being dishonest because he was too insecure to accept that she might really love him. When he reflects back in this song, he realizes that she wasn't being deceptive and that the only "game" she was playing was enjoying what they had. Now that he has ruined it, the game has turned the other way and she is not interested.

    2) "Back at the start, I was still in love with the way. It's a long way, From what's become."

    When you first fall in love, all you notice is the good things about a person, big or small. Here, he is saying that in the beginning he was in love with "the way", which to mean that he was simply in love with the way she was and everything about her. There were not any pet peeves, annoyances, mistrusts, or doubts at the start. As time wears on, the honeymoon affection wears off and "troubles" and the worries set in though and now they are a long way away from the feelings they had in the beginning.

    3) "Filling my cup, Playing at the edge of the shore. See the way she moves, I broke the spell."

    I don't get this verse as a whole, but I think parts of it can be taken in different ways to suit the overall theme.

    "Playing at the edge of the shore" could be his sentiment that they almost had it and were almost there, they were playing so close to love but he couldn't fully dive in.

    "See the way she moves, I broke the spell" goes back to the line we talked about above where he said "I was still in love with the way". At the beginning he was in love with the small things about her like the way she moved. By overthinking the relationship and causing arguments over nothing, he has made her insecure and made her act differently, hence "I broke the spell"

    4) "oh no, try to fix it before you break it then it's gone"

    This one is one of the most obvious. The troubleman was too focused on fixing problems that didn't exist and that caused a breakup. He fell in love with her because of who she was then was always afraid she was too good to be true instead of just cherishing her.

    For example, perhaps he was so in love with her and scared to lose her to someone else that he had major jealousy and constantly accused her of cheating when she was doing nothing wrong. This kind of constant unfounded persecution drove her away.

    5) "troubleman, you wished it all away"

    Again, semi-obvious. He was too caught up in daydreaming up "what if" scenarios to focus on the present, and that kind of thinking lead to it's demise.

    There are a lot of other ways I think this can be applied, but you get the basic jist. Overall such an amazing song.
    shelbssson August 08, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTroubleman Lyrics

    she was young once
    girl of the bohemian kind
    in the cold bright dawn
    we watched her grow (I see this intro as the voice of an observer (who tells the entire story here who initially describes the adolescence of a young girl’s development using cold bright dawn as a metaphor to emphasize the beauty and insecurity involved with watching any youth develop)

    wisdom had begun
    season when the water was high
    on the grey stone lawn I walked alone ( I take this as the observer’s description of seeing hopeful
    cgrooveron July 21, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentim not completely sure about the "first part", but i think the second part ("troubleman, you wished it all away") is about someone's suicide and his journey from loosing interest to life, to his journey to the afterlife. electric guest is amazing, just by the way~
    ivorytowersxxon January 14, 2014   Link

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